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Assistant Professor, Research on Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 23, 2023

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Assistant Professor, Research on Undergraduate Mathematics Education

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Instructional Faculty - Full Time

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Full Time

College of Science and Mathematics

100026 - Mathematics and Statistics

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Commensurate with Experience

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About James Madison University


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

General Information
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track, academic year position in mathematics or statistics at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2023. Candidates should have documented expertise in Research on Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME) with demonstrated interest in student learning in undergraduate mathematics or statistics courses. This position is part of JMU College of Science and Mathematics' discipline-based education research (DBER) focused on the teaching of science and mathematics in higher education. The hired candidate will join other present and incoming cohorts also focused on DBER.

Who We Are: The successful applicant will join an energetic and dynamic department consisting of 55 full-time faculty in the areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Our faculty are active in professional fields at the local, national, and international level and are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education. We currently offer Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Statistics, minors in Mathematics and Statistics, an M.Ed. in Mathematics, and are the core group offering a minor in Data Analytics. The department houses the Center for Statistical Consulting, the JMU Experimental Mathematics (JEM) Lab, and the Center for Computational Mathematics and Modeling. We are also proud of our outreach efforts that include the annual madiSTEM and Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics & Statistics conferences and the Family Math Night program with local schools. We care about people and value high-quality undergraduate education, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our recent efforts to support underrepresented and first-generation student populations resulted in the establishment of the Haynes Residential Learning Community. The department is committed to further becoming a place where students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds experience a supportive, affirming environment. For additional information about the department, see the department homepage at .

Duties and Responsibilities
The candidate will be committed to developing or continuing a vibrant research program in undergraduate mathematics or statistics education. The successful candidate's research and teaching efforts should improve teaching and learning within undergraduate courses.Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Perform discipline-based educational research (DBER) in mathematics or statistics.
  • Broadly disseminate research findings in the form of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at discipline appropriate conferences.
  • Teach courses in mathematics or statistics based on interest and departmental need.
  • Apply evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies to improve student learning and success.
  • Perform departmental, college, and university service as required.

    We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable, inclusive, and diverse scholarly environment as well as those with a passion for outreach projects.Required qualifications include:

    • Ph.D. in mathematics, statistics, or mathematics education by August 2023.
    • Excellence in teaching undergraduate mathematics or statistics courses.
    • Expertise in RUME through both practice and scholarship.
    • Demonstrated interest in research on student learning in undergraduate mathematics or statistics courses.
    • Potential for developing an active research agenda including research with undergraduates.
    • Ability to work with diverse groups/populations and create an equitable and inclusive environment.
    • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

      Conditions of Employment
      Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

      E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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      Open Until Filled

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      EEO Statement
      James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

      We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

      Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

      Reasonable Accommodation Request
      If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

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      Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

      The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

      The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

      The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

      You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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      Additional Posting Information
      To apply for initial review, all candidates will complete a JobLink application and submit:

      • A cover letter.

        • The cover letter must address the candidate's qualifications for the position, identify the courses they would prefer to teach, and briefly describe their research interests. Cover letters should be 3 pages or less.

        • A statement of inclusive excellence (uploaded as "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Philosophy Statement").
          • The statement of inclusive excellence must focus on actions and experiences within the applicant's teaching and scholarship as they relate to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or justice.

          • A curriculum vitae.
          • Unofficial transcript(s).
          • The names and contact information for three professional references. After initial review, selected candidates' references will be contacted and asked to submit letters of reference through the JobLink system.

            After initial review, selected candidates will also be asked to submit detailed statements addressing their teaching philosophy and research interests through a description of the applicant's work in teaching or scholarly activities.

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